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December 03, 2014

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6:49 PM | WHO Ebola Update – Dec 3rd
    # 9406   The World Health Organization has posted their updated Ebola Roadmap, showing an increase of more than 1,200 cases since last week’s report, and 381 additional deaths.   The number of HCWs infected has increased by 30 as well. Follow the link to view the full report.     Ebola response roadmap - Situation report 3 December 2014   summary A total of 17 145 confirmed, probable, and suspected cases of Ebola […]
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5:11 PM | Fujian Province: 1 H7N9 Case Reported
Fujian Province – Credit Wikipedia   # 9405 Although we’ve only seen a handful of H7N9 cases reported this fall, the past couple of weeks have produced reports from Zhejiang, Guangdong, and the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region.  Today, from the Fujian Provincial Department of Health we get the following brief report:   H7N9 confirmed cases in the province reported one case of human infection Published: 2014-12-03 | Source: Planning […]
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4:55 PM | Saudi MOH: 2 New MERS Cases (1 fatal)
  # 9404 Two more MERS cases – both with comorbidities – but with out clear indications as to their route of exposure, are announced today by the MOH.
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4:24 PM | Ants vs. Rats in NYC
Last year I got to take my first trip to New York City and spent most of my time in the medians of Broadway setting up field experiments with Dr. Elsa Youngsteadt and Dr. Amy Savage. Fast forward to this week when the paper resulting from their research is published: Youngsteadt, E., Henderson, R. C., Savage, A. M., Ernst, A. F., Dunn, R. R. and Frank, S. D. (2014), Habitat and species identity, not diversity, predict the extent of refuse consumption by urban arthropods. Global Change Biology. […]
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4:18 PM | Wonderful Things: The Giant Transparent Ribbons of Eel Larvae
Author’s note: This is the latest post in the Wonderful Things series. You can read more about this series here. It is startling how different the larvae of fish can be from the adults that produced... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com
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4:10 PM | Egyptian Media Reports 2 More H5N1 Cases
  # 9403   Although the Egyptian Ministry of Health’s website remains frustratingly silent on the situation, Egyptian media sources are reporting today on two more H5N1 cases today (1 fatal) – bringing to 14 the total for the year – and 10 cases since the middle of November.   The details in this report from Cairoportal.com matches similar reporting from  daeera.com and elfagr.org.   Home News Egypt Ministry of Health: the […]
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4:03 PM | Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder
When I set up my business http://www.theflashcards.com.au I also thought I would do more to create awareness around Autism, which is a spectrum. I have since discovered that just one person running around and doing workshops is really not going to make…… Read More The post Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder appeared first on Just Science.
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3:58 PM | What causes Autism Spectrum Disorder
  Human nature is, ‘if there is a problem you fix it’. My son’s medical history was a nightmare.   Born with the cord wrapped around his neck and by emergency caesarean.    He was very small so got sick easily and…… Read More The post What causes Autism Spectrum Disorder appeared first on Just Science.
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3:55 PM | What causes Autism Spectrum Disorder
  Human nature is, ‘if there is a problem you fix it’. My son’s medical history was a nightmare.   Born with the cord wrapped around his neck and by emergency caesarean.    He was very small so got sick easily and…… Read More The post What causes Autism Spectrum Disorder appeared first on Just Science.
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3:11 PM | Erasmus MC & NIOO On H5N8 In Wild Birds
Wigeons (Dabbling ducks) – Credit Wikipedia # 9402   Although we saw the announcement from the government of the Netherlands on Monday of the discovery of 2 wild ducks (wigeons) carrying the H5N8 avian flu virus, there still are unanswered questions over how the virus ended up in Western Europe – 8 thousand kilometers from where it emerged in Korea last January. Despite a lack of hard evidence, the most plausible answer right now is via migratory birds who […]
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1:34 PM | I Need Sleep!!!
Grad school is often synonymous with lack of sleep, yet too little sleep is deadly and dampens our ability to think critically. Why is this? What is it about sleep that is so important? Watch the video below for answers. Tweet This Post
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11:17 AM | 25 sickened: Listeriosis outbreak linked to consumption of raw milk brie cheese in France
As Australia reviews its ban on raw milk cheese – with the usual arguments about good and bad bacteria and artisinal crafsmanship  – the Institute of Health in France reports that on Oct 1, 2012, six human cases of Lm … Continue reading →
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10:38 AM | CIDRAP: Likely That Polio-like Illness & EV-D68 Are Linked
Credit CDC   # 9400   Roughly 4 months ago, a rarely seen non-polio enterovirus D-68 (EV-D68) appeared in America’s Midwest and quickly spread across the nation, causing a wide spectrum of predominantly respiratory illness, mostly in young children and adolescents (see Kansas City Outbreak Identified As HEV 68).   At roughly the same time, doctors noticed a coincident rise in cases of neurological illness with AFP (acute flaccid paralysis) or limb weakness […]
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9:59 AM | Canadian health unit putting inspection information online
If my friend Jim goes out for a celebratory meal, he’ll soon be able to check on a restaurant in Owen Sound (that’s in Ontario, Canada) to make sure it complies with health regulations. Beginning on Jan. 1, the Grey … Continue reading →
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9:47 AM | 30 sick after Thanksgiving at hotel in New Jersey
The Princeton Health Department received 30 reports between Thanksgiving and Tuesday of individuals experiencing gastrointestinal illnesses. All 30 people ate at the restaurant at the Nassau Inn on Thanksgiving or the day after the holiday, Princeton Health Officer Jeffrey Grosser … Continue reading →
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8:34 AM | 40 sickened: Oman restaurant workers get jail for food poisoning
Ibri Primary Court has delivered its verdict in the case of a restaurant in Shahoom village of Ibri where 40 people complained of food poisoning. In its judgment, the court awarded three people working in the restaurant a one-year jail … Continue reading →
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7:10 AM | Australian family find mouse in rice paper roll, welcome police involvement
The family of a woman who says she bit into a dead mouse in a rice paper roll bought at a supermarket say they welcome police involvement because it will prove their innocence. Emilie Petrusic, daughter of Irena Petrusic who … Continue reading →
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6:57 AM | Bruno’s not-so Best with botulism risk: Advisory for customers of Canada’s Finest at Sea Ocean Products
Vancouver Coastal Health is warning customers of Finest at Sea Ocean Products not to consume certain ready to eat seafood products. Four different varieties of fish products sold under the brand name “Bruno’s Best” have been recalled because they could … Continue reading →
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6:42 AM | Cargill ground beef recalled after E. coli O157 positive in Western Canada
Cargill Meat Solutions (Est. 700) is recalling Your Fresh Market brand ground beef products from the marketplace due to possible E. coli O157 contamination.  Consumers should not consume the recalled products described below. The following products have been sold at Walmart stores in Alberta, … Continue reading →
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3:06 AM | UK supermarkets named and shamed over Campylobacter on chicken contamination
The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published the cumulative results from the first two quarters of its year-long survey of campylobacter on fresh chickens. Individual results by major retailer have also been published. Retailers aren’t happy. One of the … Continue reading →
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2:58 AM | UK E coli victims: Why didn’t Public Health England tell people about outbreak months ago?
Victims of the E coli outbreak have criticised Public Health England for not doing more to publicise the risks of the bug. A Bournemouth woman who contracted the disease, two mothers whose children were desperately ill and a grandfather of … Continue reading →
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2:50 AM | Food safety and worker safety are inextricably linked
Peter O’driscoll, director of the Washington-based Equitable Food Initiative at Oxfam America.writes in this letter to The New York Times regarding, “Protect Those Who Protect Our Food” (Op-Ed, Nov. 13), to say that Jacob E. Gersen and Benjamin I. Sachs … Continue reading →
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2:41 AM | Mobile units deployed to ensure food cleanliness in Thailand
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has launched a mobile unit for food safety across 6 districts throughout the capital in order to ensure food cleanliness and quality. According to BMA, 6 vehicles have been deployed to six areas of Bangkok … Continue reading →
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2:37 AM | ’Tis the season for holiday illnesses (apparently)
There’s a perception that there are more outbreaks around the holidays because folks don’t know how to cook turkey. The epidemiology isn’t all that strong around amateur bird preparation and illnesses –  but there are a lot of parties and … Continue reading →
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2:16 AM | Is this mechanically tenderized meat?
I’ve been frustrated with the rate that large cuts of meat thaw at and have used a variety of methods (running under water; microwaving; or, thawing as part of the cook step) to speed it up. I’ve never resorted to beating … Continue reading →
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1:59 AM | Salvage Grocery Stores: The Next Big Thing In Food Isn’t Even New
The below is a reprint of an article by Ashley Chaifetz, a PhD student studying public policy at UNC-Chapel Hill, that appeared at Modern Farmer. At this point, you’ve probably heard: the ex-president of Trader Joe’s, Doug Rauch, intends to open a … Continue reading →
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12:07 AM | Fraser Valley B.C. Culling Poultry After Detecting H5 Avian Flu
Map Credit FAO   # 9399   Crof already has the story and the Canadian Government’s official statement (see Canada: Avian influenza confirmed on two farms in Fraser Valley). But  the upshot is that over the weekend two Fraser Valley, British Columbia farms – roughly 25 miles apart – saw unusually high mortality in turkeys and broilers, and now both farms have tested positive for H5 avian flu. The subtype – and whether this is HPAI or LPAI […]

December 02, 2014

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8:09 PM | CDC: Ebola Hospital Preparedness & Designated Ebola Treatment Centers
# 9398   While we’ve not seen the oft-predicted deluge of Ebola cases entering this country, the fact remains that as long as the virus continues to circulate out of control in West Africa, the risks of seeing imported cases will continue.     Which is why so much effort has gone into producing guidance, and training materials, for healthcare workers across the nation (see CDC Ebola Guidance: Web Based PPE Training).   The CDC today has released a […]
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7:12 PM | Breakthrough in Chromosomal Sequencing
For the first time ever, scientists at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin have developed molecular genetic and bioinformatic methods that make it possible to sequence the two sets of chromosomes in a human separately. The results are astounding and demonstrate that the rate of chromosomal mutations do not occur randomly, but […]
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5:50 PM | Using the Holidays to Recharge and Get Ahead
We are now in the midst of the 2014 Holiday season and 2015 is only a month away, which means that many of us are busy with holiday errands, travel, and family events. While this is considered a hectic time of year for obvious reasons, December is a great time to find moments to both … Continue reading Using the Holidays to Recharge and Get Ahead →
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